New proposals to guide the future of minerals extraction in Nottinghamshire up to 2036 have been developed by Nottinghamshire County Council.
This includes potential sites for new quarries in the county along with planning policies against which any planning applications for minerals extraction, will be assessed and determined by the County Council.
The new proposals are contained in the Draft Nottinghamshire Minerals Plan consultation document which were considered by County Councillors at the July meeting of the Communities and Place Committee.
The Draft Plan has taken account of minerals sales data covering the latest 10 year period as a basis for future provision in Nottinghamshire. For sand and gravel this now means providing for 1.7 million tonnes per annum compared to 2.6 million tonnes when older sales data was used. As a result, fewer sand and gravel quarries are being proposed than was previously the case. A small number of sites for extraction of Sherwood Sandstone, brick clay and gypsum are also proposed.
The Draft Minerals Plan, due to be published in July, recommends extending seven existing quarries at:
- Bawtry Road Quarry, Scrooby, Bassetlaw. (Sand and gravel)
- Scrooby Quarry, Scrooby, Bassetlaw. (Sand and gravel)
- Langford Lowfields Quarry, near Collingham, Newark and Sherwood. (Sand and gravel)
- East Leake Quarry, Rushcliffe. (Sand and gravel)
- Bestwood II. (Sherwood Sandstone)
- Scrooby Top. (Sherwood Sandstone)
- Bantycock Quarry. (Gypsum)
And allocating three new quarries at:
- Botany Bay, near Barnby Moor, Bassetlaw. (Sand and gravel)
- Mill Hill, near Barton in Fabis, Rushcliffe.(Sand and gravel)
- Woodborough Lane, Gedling. (Clay)
Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice-Chair of the Communities and Place Committee said: “We have listened carefully to the needs of industry and the concerns of local residents to help us create a Minerals Plan document to guide the future development of mineral planning in our county.
“We will now share our proposals with local communities and the quarry industry to gather feedback, which will help shape the final Minerals Plan document. Further consultation and an Independent Examination will follow. Any site allocations identified in the Minerals Local Plan would still require a detailed planning application to be submitted and approved before any work could commence.
“Our aim is to make sure that our county can provide a steady and adequate supply of minerals over the plan period to 2036 by allocating the right number of quarries in the correct locations to meet established local demand for materials.”